Teaser Tuesday, February 27

My Teaser Tuesday this week is from Molly Tanzer's Creatures of Will and Temper, a Victorian novel inspired by Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, only with literal demons and very open homosexuality. It's not hyperbole to say it's delicious.

Also, it's a novel about sisters, and they don't get along, and I'm loving it. I love complicated sister relationships (I don't have a sister, so I live vicariously!).

And finally, Tanzer's narrative style is fantastic and matches the novel's premise beautifully. It makes my soul thrill -- something I think the characters would appreciate -- and I half gulp, half linger as I read.

Anyway - my teaser! This scene is from early on, when Dorina faces her mother and older sister, anticipating she might be in trouble.

Dorina tried to read them like a painting--if an artist had arranged them, how should their positions be interpreted? What intrigues could be presumed, given their attitudes, their expressions? What was represented by the streak of afternoon sunlight spilling over the carpet, dividing her from them? (p28)

What do you think? Have any teasers of your own to share?


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